Sturridge ‘good enough for Brazil’ says teammate
The former Chelsea striker has scored in every single competitive game for the Reds so far this season, grabbing two in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, and will hope his form continues when Liverpool face Manchester United tomorrow on his 24th birthday.
If he does score in that game, he will become only the second Reds player to have scored in every one of the first three Premier League games, the original player to do so being Robbie Fowler.
With Luis Suarez facing a ban for the start of the season, there were fears that Brendan Rodgers’ side would lack goals, but Sturridge has made fans forget about the controversial Uruguayan.
Suarez has been banned for six league games now, and in those fixtures they have won six and drawn one, scoring 16 and conceding three.
Yes, Brendan Rodgers’ side may be stronger when he returns, but Sturridge is expected to keep his place, with Iago Aspas likely to make way for Suarez on the pitch.
His fine goalscoring form contrasts to his less than prolific time at Chelsea where no faith or patience was shown in him and the Blues may look at him as the one that got away.
In his whole time at Stamford Bridge, Sturridge scored 15 goals in 55 matches, but it has taken him just 19 games to reach that tally at Anfield.
If the 23 year old continues scoring he may work his way into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the 2014 World Cup, but Brazilian teammate Philippe Coutinho – who assists many of Sturridge’s strikes – has said he would fit perfectly into his nation’s team.
“Of course he could,” said Coutinho. “He’s similar to a Brazilian player in his style because he’s quick with the ball at his feet. He’s a fantastic player, so, yes; he has the qualities to be a Brazilian player.
“He also scores a lot of goals, which is always good. “He is an excellent footballer, always making the right runs at the right time. He helps us combine and that’s the good thing about the relationship we have. He’s a fantastic player to play with.